Ainslie's 2010


The TeamOrigin skipper looks ahead to this season
Ben Ainslie was looking relaxed at London Boat Show on Friday. Just before Christmas the Ainslies had their first holiday en masse as a family, which we share with you for no other reason than it is a sweet image picturing Ben, father Roddy (himself an ex-Whitbread sailor) and brother-in-law ISAF Secretary General Jerome Pels on board a charter boat in the BVI. Back to business and the focus for Ainslie this year is of course TeamOrigin and until such time as February comes and goes and there is some clarity over the 34th America’s Cup, this means LV Trophy regattas and a new TP52 to campaign on the Audi MedCup circuit. In 2010 the LV Trophy visits La Maddelena (off Sardinia) over May-June, with the other events planned for later in the year now up in the air (Newport, RI in August is not happening while and Hong Kong in November now looks like it may take place in January 2011). To fill the gap there remains the possibility of an LV Trophy regatta in the UK over August-September if the stars align correctly (more on this next week). But first up is the Louis Vuitton Trophy Auckland over 7-21 March. This event is now the third in a local triple bill taking place in Auckland, starting, over 2-6 March, with the Omega Auckland Match Race Regatta, effectively the New Zealand Match Racing Nationals. This Ainslie has competed in before during his tenure at Team New Zealand and will do so again in March, although the main focus will be on the LV Trophy Auckland. "It will be good to get back racing and move things on from Nice," he says. "It should be a bit breezier than Nice so the crewwork will come back into it." In Auckland, TeamOrigin

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